A few weeks ago, we went to New Orlean’s for the French Quarter Festival. It was amazing. We had so much fun. NOLA is different than any other city I’ve ever visited. The streets are filled with music, a brass band on almost every corner. The food is a delicious merging of flavors that you can’t find anywhere else. Perhaps best of all, the whole town seems happy, relaxed and carefree.
While we were there to see jazz, after watching Top Chef New Orleans and watching as many travel channel NOLA shows as I could find, I also had a long list of foods that I wanted to try:
2.) Po’ Boys
3.) Barbecue Shrimp
We managed to try everything on the list except the muffaleta, plus so much more.
We arrived at around 10:00AM on Friday morning, so we had the whole day to explore. Frank’s been to NOLA a few times, but this was my first trip, so I wanted to take it all in and see everything. Amazingly, our hotel room was ready when we arrived, so we were able to drop off our bags and deplane a bit. We stayed at the Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street, which was really nice, centrally located and much quieter than you’d imagine given the location.
We had lunch at Mother’s, which is known for their Po Boy’s. The service was a bit hostile, but the long line went fast.
My first Po Boy!
Frank got one with their famous debris.
Next we took a walk around the French Quarter. Pat O’Brien’s bar was really fun, it had a great outdoor space and dueling pianos inside.
After checking out the Jazz Festival for a bit, we made a stop at Cafe Du Monde, which was highly recommended.
It was PACKED. We waited a bit for a table, but the super affordable prices made it totally worth the wait!
After some time at the pool and some shopping on magazine street, we got ready for the evening. Our first stop was the Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel.
It was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The Sazerac Bar was were the Sazerac drink was created and the bar was completely preserved in time. I love places that remind me of the past without feeling stuffy or just plain old. Sazerac was perfect.
Next up was dinner at the Commander’s Palace, which we had seen in Top Chef. We took a cab to the Garden District and stepped into one of the largest, most elaborate restaurants, I’ve ever been too. We were whisked through the kitchen and into a room that overlooked the courtyard.
We started with a spicy shrimp dish.
Garlic cheese grits, amazing. Holy huge portion, right?
Pecan crusted grouper.
And a white chocolate souffle that was indescribably good, and oh so gooey.
Commander’s Palace definitely lived up to the hype. Our only regret was not trying the .25 cent martini’s, which apparently are actually .25 cents!!!!